I can’t say I am an expert with Router Tables because this is my first router table I have owned.  Before I bought this table, I had a set up for my table saw.  I built a wood insert that would fit my table saw so where the table expanded, I had a wood insert and the router would mount below.  I figured it was time to upgrade so I went with the Bosch for a couple different reasons.  First, I only had two options because I needed it that day for a small job.  It was between this and a Skil that was sitting right next to the Bosch.  While the Bosch was more expensive, it just seemed to be of better quality and I know Bosch makes quality stuff.  So I felt comfortable buying this table.

Out of the box, I did have to set up everything.  While not impossible, it was time consuming and took about 15 or 20 minutes.  Not a huge deal, but one thing to note.  I am not sure how heavy the box is, but it was heavy and thought this might be a pain to move around.  Once the table was set up, it was easy to move around and I didn’t have to struggle.  While the table is meant to be mounted, mine is not because I move it around a lot.  So while it is easy to move around, it is still heavy enough to use and not have to worry about the table moving when you are using it.  I would still recommend using clamps or some way to mount the table when using.   Not sure if I messed something up, but when I was done, I did have extra screws and other stuff left over.

The unit comes with everything you need to get started creating quality work right out of the box, well not the router.  There are three mounting plate insert rings, two feather boards, one clear guard, start pin and guard and a couple of fence shims.  As I was reading through the directions, I noticed you can use about 15 different routers with this table.  Of course my Porter Cable model wasn’t listed, so at first I was a little disappointed.  In the end, I tried to attach my router and it did line up so I could mount my router to the table.  Don’t listen to me, I would still only use the approved routers with this table.

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While there is a dust collector on the back, I didn’t use mine.  It’s set up, I just don’t have it connected to a dust collection system.  After using the table for some time, I really like this table.  It is quality and does exactly what I want it to do.  Setting up and moving the feather boards is very easy.  The large storage compartment is nice and has more than enough room for your router and other items below.  Also when I have to access the router below to adjust height, my hands aren’t cramped.  I can easily access the router and make adjustments.  One cool feature is the switch on the front.  Inside the router table you can plug in your router and dust collection system, so when you flip the switch on the table, it turns on the router and dust collection system.

Again I am not a know it all with router tables, well pretty much anything, but I do love this table.  After the set up, this table is easy to use and of great quality.  The fence and table top have a great alignment, but have heard some people complain that the plastic on the side sticks up higher making it hard to use.  Mine is perfect and doesn’t stick up.